Fabre­gas bids tear­ful farewell to English foot­ball

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Chelsea mid­fielder Cesc Fabre­gas bid a tear­ful farewell to the Stam­ford Bridge crowd on Satur­day as he closes in on a move to Monaco. The 31-year-old started against Not­ting­ham For­est in an FA Cup third-round tie, wear­ing the cap­tain’s arm­band for the Blues.

Fabre­gas had the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to sign off with a goal, but he saw a 30th-minute penalty saved by For­est goal­keeper Luke Steele.

With Chelsea up 2-0 late in the game, Fabre­gas was given a chance to say farewell to the Blues faith­ful as he was subbed off by man­ager Mau­r­izio Sarri.

Fabre­gas em­braced team-mate David Luiz be­fore tak­ing his time ex­it­ing the pitch, ap­plaud­ing the Stam­ford Bridge crowd.

Fabre­gas saw his play­ing time di­min­ish this sea­son, as Sarri prefers to use Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Ma­teo Ko­vacic ahead of the Spa­niard in his sys­tem.

Af­ter mov­ing from Barcelona in 2014, Fabre­gas has spent four and a half sea­sons with the Blues, win­ning two league ti­tles, one FA Cup and one League Cup.

He will join a Monaco side man­aged by his for­mer Arse­nal team-mate Thierry Henry. The prin­ci­pal­ity side is in the midst of a dif­fi­cult sea­son, sit­ting sec­ond from bot­tom in Ligue 1

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